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Quacks, please keep out of Maharashtra

Bombay HC has dismissed petitions of docs having acquired degree of Ayurveda from universities of other states, reports Urvi Jappi.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 20:40 IST
Urvi Jappi

Quacks, please keep out of Maharashtra. This is what the Bombay High Court directed on Friday while dismissing a bunch of petitions filed by several persons who had acquired the degree of Ayurveda from universities of other states through correspondence, seeking that they be permitted to practice in the state.

A division bench of Justice BH Marlapalle and Justice JH Bhatia restrained the ayurvedic doctors who had acquired degree from other states. The bench has directed that if they wish to practice in the state then they must acquire the certificate either from the Maharashtra Medical Council or from the Indian Medical Council.

The police has also been directed to initiate legal action against persons who are practicing without proper medical certificates.

Ayurvedic Enlisted Doctors Association and several doctors had approached the HC alleging that they were harassed by the police who asked them to produce certificates. Several ayurvedic doctors practicing in the state have acquired degrees through correspondence course from Bihar, Patna, Allahabad and also from Haryana and Rajasthan. They claimed that no complaints have been filed against them. Also there are no doctors in the rural areas to treat patients.

Besides, the ayurvedic doctors had also challenged deletion of Section 37(1) of the Maharashtra Medical Practitioners Act (MMP), 1961. The section permitted ayurvedic and alternative medical practitioners to practice in the rural areas. The government repealed that section on August 25, 2005.

Opposing their claims additional advocate general Ashutosh Kumbhkoni and assistant government pleader Molina Thakur argued that they should register with the medical council in Mumbai in order to practice. Also, when the MMP Act was framed there were not sufficient doctors in the state to extend medical facilities in the rural areas. Now there are doctors in the villages too and hence there is no need for such ayurvedic doctors, contended Kumbhkoni.

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